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Legislative ALERT: State could cut school year, It would mean redefining Basic Education to give kids less.

posted Jan 18, 2012, 8:03 PM by Wade King PTA Drive   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 8:08 PM ]

Our legislators are back in Olympia wrestling with the budget.  The Washington State PTA has created a link to send a message to your representatives telling them that cutting the school year is not a solution. 

Balancing the budget by cutting school days sets kids up for failure -- both in this budget cycle and the ones to come. To cut school days, the state would have to redefine the Program of Basic Education and argue children don't need that time in class. This would affect kids today and future generations, and further set our association back from our top priority: improving and fully funding basic education. Today, basic education only covers for about 5 hours of the school day. That sixth hour is "enhancement funding" and comes compliments of your local levy or from state levy equalization funds.  Children need more, not less, instructional time. They already face tough odds. Consider:

1.         1 in 3 Washington fourth-graders are below basic in reading. (2011 Nation's Report Card)

2.         By 2018, 2 out of 3 of our jobs will require a college degree or credential, but Washington's high school graduation rates hover in the bottom third nationally. (The BERC Group College Tracking Data Services)

Education is the state's paramount duty. A downsized economy will be our norm for the foreseeable future and our children need real solutions.

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